Forward Networks won the prestigious Gold designation for Cloud Computing Security at the 2024 Globee Awards for Cybersecurity. This recognizes Forward Networks' commitment to transforming how SecOps, CloudOps, and NetOps teams operate by creating a single source of truth for engineers with actionable insights that empower them to regain control over their networks.  

Winning this award is an incredible achievement for Forward Networks, as security is the top concern for every enterprise. The data collected and analyzed by our network digital twin gives NetOps, SecOps, and CloudOps teams unparalleled visibility into their network's security landscape. Engineers no longer have to manually hunt for information, compliance is automatically checked with each collection and engineers are immediately alerted if a verification check does not pass, Common Vulnerabilities within the network are published in an easy to read (and export) report that offers a prioritized remediation plan, the reachability of a compromised host is available in a mouse click, and teams have access to an always current security posture matrix that shows connectivity between zones at a glance. Having this information at engineers’ fingertips is a game changer, helping address issues before there even is an issue and drastically reducing the time it takes to respond to an breach. Our security capabilities cover the entire hybrid, multi-cloud network. 

Additionally, Security Today honored Forward Networks with the 2024 GOVIE award for Compliance Acceleration with government agencies who are highly regulated due to the sensitive nature of their work. Specifically, the award honored Forward Networks for its work in helping federal networks prepare for CCRI (Cyber Command Readiness Inspections) and STIG Compliance.  

Today's network environments are too complex to track by purely manual efforts. With digital twin technology, IT teams can build a virtual model of the production network and use it to validate configurations, simulate changes, and streamline management.

The use of digital twins – digital representations of physical objects or systems – is on the rise. Enterprises can use digital twins to replicate their IT environments, including infrastructure, network equipment, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and then run simulations to test the impact of changes and to optimize performance. They can be used to validate the current state of a network, for example, and test configuration changes, firmware updates, or adjustments to security policies.

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In the fast-paced world of cybersecurity, Security Operations (SecOps) teams face an ever-evolving landscape of threats and challenges. As a professional in the NetOps, SecOps, or CloudOps field, you understand the critical importance of staying ahead of cyber adversaries and safeguarding your network infrastructure. That's where Forward Networks steps in, offering innovative solutions that revolutionize SecOps by supercharging your network insights and capabilities.

Our Co-Founder, Nikhil Handigol offers "5 Ways to Supercharge SecOps with Network Insights," where he unveils how SecOps engineers can elevate their SecOps game using digital twin technology. Let's explore five key takeaways that can transform the way you approach security operations:

1. Unlocking Vulnerability Management: Navigating the vast sea of vulnerabilities across servers and applications can be daunting. With a true network digital twin, you can instantly see which vulnerabilities are present in your network ranked by severity, making it easy to prioritize remediation and have mathematical confidence the network is compliant.

2. Attack Surface Management: Understanding your network's attack surface is crucial in fortifying your defenses against cyber threats. With Forward Networks' advanced capabilities, proactively identify areas where your network is out of compliance and analyze your exposure. By visualizing attack vectors and vulnerable hosts, you can proactively defend your network infrastructure.

3. Harnessing the Power of Software: Modern networks demand sophisticated solutions that go beyond use-specific tools. By leveraging network digital twin technology, you can validate your network's security posture with precision. Say goodbye to manual validation processes and embrace the efficiency of AI-driven insights.

4. Enhancing Network Visibility: In the realm of SecOps, visibility is key. Forward Networks' digital twin empowers security engineers with comprehensive insights into network connectivity and configurations. Real-time visibility into your network's traffic flow and behavior enables proactive threat detection and rapid incident response.

5. Transforming Security Operations with Network Insights: Unleash the full potential of your Security Operations Center (SoC) by integrating network insights into your security strategy. With Forward Networks' cutting-edge solutions, bridge the gap between network operations and security, fostering collaboration and efficiency across teams.

Are you eager to learn more? Nikhil goes into greater detail and demonstrates how the network insights delivered by true digital twin technology can supercharge SecOps teams. View the session on demand.

Join the revolution in SecOps with Forward Networks and embrace a future where network security knows no bounds. Stay tuned for more insights, advancements, and partnerships that shape the future of cybersecurity.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 13, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Forward Networks announced today that it has been named to the Fortune Magazine 2023 Cyber 60 List. Fortune compiled this prestigious list of the 60 most successful companies in the cybersecurity space after reviewing a pool of several hundred entries.

Forward Networks is modernizing the way large networks are managed by providing actionable, accessible, and insightful data that puts operators back in control of the network. Forward's advanced software creates a mathematical model, or digital twin, of the network by collecting and analyzing state and configuration data across all network devices and public cloud environments. The digital twin delivers an always-accurate topology, calculates all possible paths within the network, analyzes detailed behavioral information, makes network configuration and behavior searchable and verifiable, and proves security compliance. Forward Networks' digital twin supports devices from all major networking vendors and cloud operators, including AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

"Robust cybersecurity depends on detailed and accessible network data," said David Erickson, CEO and Co-Founder of Forward Networks. "Several years ago our customers asked us to create features that helped the SecOps team ensure compliance, remediate attacks, and ensure the overall health of their security posture. We've made significant investments in delivering on this request.  Being named to the 2023 Fortune Cyber 60 list is a tremendous honor that validates the security benefits of our network digital twin. We're continuing to develop new security features to protect the network."

Forward Enterprise enables SecOps teams to find misconfigurations and vulnerabilities on hosts and devices before a breach occurs. Using data collected from the network, integration with the NIST database, and integrations with vulnerability scanning and assessment tools, the platform identifies risks and delivers a prioritized remediation plan for SecOps teams. Forward Enterprise's security features include:

About the Fortune Cyber 60
The Cyber 60 was generated from a list of over 200 private cybersecurity companies based on data about funding rounds and valuation from Pitchbook. The companies selected were surveyed and asked to provide growth rate and revenue data in bands, to indicate their relative strength and success in the market. Publicly accessible reporting and other market data were used to add companies to the Pitchbook list. Respondents were required to provide data in order to be considered for the list. FORTUNE reviewed the data and list selection criteria with Lightspeed to ensure a fair and unbiased process. Some companies that chose not to provide data were considered for inclusion on the final list based on previously reported publicly available information. Lightspeed's Enterprise Investment Committee reviewed the final composition of the list prior to publication, in conjunction with FORTUNE. No private data or preferential treatment was given to Lightspeed portfolio companies.

In a recently released Cybersecurity Advisory, the National Security Agency (NSA) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) highlighted the most common cybersecurity misconfigurations in large organizations identified through blue team and red team assessments. The advisory stated that these misconfigurations illustrate systemic weakness in many large organizations, including those with mature cyber postures.

The advisory called on both organizations and software developers to take actions that will prevent malicious actors from taking advantage of these vulnerabilities. Organizations are advised to take steps such as:

While the guidance is straightforward, compliance is not. The complexity of modern enterprises makes implementing the recommendations extremely difficult to achieve. Networks are constantly being updated, configurations are being changed, and new equipment and software are being added by teams of engineers. For most organizations, there is not a single source of truth covering network topology, configuration, and behavior. Without a single source of truth, determining what needs to happen to embrace the guidance from CISA and NSA is virtually impossible.

The Forward Networks digital twin creates a mathematical model of the network covering the configuration, connectivity, and behavior of every device, making it possible to search the network like a database and set policy checks that ensure compliance.  

Forward Networks can prevent 5 of the 10 common misconfigurations identified by CISA and NSA:

  1. Default configurations of software and applications
  2. Improper separation of user/administrator privilege
  3. Insufficient internal network monitoring
  4. Lack of network segmentation
  5. Poor patch management
  6. Bypass of system access controls
  7. Weak or misconfigured multifactor authentication (MFA) methods
  8. Insufficient access control lists (ACLs) on network shares and services
  9. Poor credential hygiene
  10. Unrestricted code execution

For more information on how the platform helps engineers prevent these misconfigurations, please read our solution guide.

Hot Company in Compliance by Cyber Defense Magazine’s Top InfoSec Innovator Awards and Cloud Computing Software of the Year in 2023 Mobile Breakthrough Awards

Forward Networks was recently honored as the Top InfoSec Innovator by Cyber Defense Magazine. Commenting on the win, Yan Ross, editor of Cyber Defense Magazine said, “We scoured the globe looking for cybersecurity innovators that could make a huge difference and potentially help turn the tide against the exponential growth in cyber-crime. Forward Networks is worthy of being named a winner in these coveted awards and consideration for deployment in your environment.”

The compliance features within Forward Enterprise that helped secure the win include: 

Additionally, Forward Enterprise was named 2023 Cloud Computing Software of the Year by the Mobile Breakthrough Awards. This is the third consecutive year that the Mobile Breakthrough Awards has recognized Forward Networks as a winner. Mobile Breakthrough is a leading independent market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies, and products in the global wireless and mobile market today.

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According to Gartner’s 2023 Emerging Technologies and Trend Impact Radar, Digital Twin technology is shown as having a significant impact in the next one to three years, but what exactly does this technology do? The easiest way to think about a digital twin is Google Maps. Not only does the map provide a digital representation of the roadway, but everything along the route; all of the assets that make up the community, the various stores, gas stations, construction projects, crosswalks, schools etc.

Digital twins are commonly used in various industries, including manufacturing, engineering, healthcare, transportation, and smart cities. They enable organizations to gain insights, optimize performance, and make informed decisions about their physical assets or processes...

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Forward Enterprise Also Wins Silver Globee® Disruptor Award in the Cybersecurity Cloud/SaaS Category

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Forward Networks continues to gain recognition as an industry leader for its network digital twin technology. Recently, Forward Enterprise was named the Best SaaS Solution by the 2023 Cloud Security Awards and won a Silver Globee® Disruptor Award in the Cybersecurity Cloud/SaaS category.

Forward is revolutionizing the way large networks are managed and secured by providing accessible and insightful data that puts people back in control of the network. Through its advanced software that delivers a digital twin of the network, network operators can visualize the network, confirm policy compliance, verify security posture and simplify network management.

"Security teams are hindered by a lack of visibility into network topology, exposure and behavior, which is forcing them to manually stitch together data from multiple tools as they look to limit exposure - this is an ineffective approach to a mission-critical problem," said David Erickson, CEO and co-founder, Forward Networks. "We continue to gain momentum as CISOs recognize the imperative need for network visibility and actionable insights that empower their teams to be more proactive about protecting their data, and that's just a sliver of the benefits our digital twin technology delivers."

By collecting, parsing and analyzing information on all devices in the network and their behavior, Forward creates an always-current single source of truth that provides security professionals insight into network topology, configuration and behavior. This information takes the pain out of critical but tedious and time-consuming tasks like identifying and remediating CVEs that impact the network, determining the blast radius of a compromised host, understanding endpoint vulnerabilities and proving the security policy is being enforced. Forward's platform supports devices from all major networking vendors and cloud operators, including AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

For more information on the benefits of Forward's network digital twin technology, visit: https://www.forwardnetworks.com/what-is-a-digital-twin/.

About Forward Networks
Forward Networks is revolutionizing the way large networks are managed. Forward's advanced software delivers a digital twin of the network, enabling network operators to ensure that the network is secure, reliable, and agile. The platform supports devices from all major networking vendors and cloud operators, including AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. Forward Networks was founded in 2013 by four Stanford Ph.D. graduates and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Investors include MSD Partners, Goldman Sachs, Andreessen Horowitz, Threshold Ventures, Section 32, Omega Venture Partners, and A. Capital. For more information, visit www.forwardnetworks.com.

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In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, maintaining a robust and secure network infrastructure is crucial for businesses. Network observability – which is the ability to gather updates with each collection contextual data and draw out valuable inference – plays a fundamental role in ensuring secure network operations. 

However, achieving observability is especially challenging in multi-cloud environments, where disparate cloud providers offer varying levels of visibility... [KEEP READING on Gestalt IT]

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Forward Networks Wins Hot Company in Cloud Security Award in 11th Annual Global InfoSec Awards

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 9, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Forward Networks announced today it has been recognized with the Hot Company in Cloud Security Award from Cyber Defense Magazine's 2023 Global InfoSec Awards. The company is revolutionizing the way large networks are managed through its advanced software that delivers a "digital twin" of the network, enabling network operators to visualize the network, confirm policy compliance, and simplify network management. The platform supports devices from all major networking vendors and cloud operators, including AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

Forward Networks is the only company that provides an integrated view of the entire hybrid multi-cloud network with the ability to drill down to single devices or instances. This single source of truth provides NOC and SOC engineers the data and insight needed to ensure security policies are enforced and the network is reliable. By collecting and parsing information on all devices in the network and their behavior, Forward is taking the pain out of critical but tedious and time consuming tasks like identifying and remediating CVEs that impact the network, identifying the blast radius of a compromised host, understanding endpoint vulnerabilities and proving the security posture is being enforced as intended.

"We're honored to receive the Hot Company in Cloud Security award from Cyber Defense Magazine's Global InfoSec Awards," said David Erickson, CEO and co-founder, Forward Networks. "This award continues to build upon Forward's recent momentum as we achieved 139% year-over-year growth last year and raised a $50M Series D in January. We're focused on providing network and security teams alike with the tools they need to be successful, both in the cloud and on-premises."

Global InfoSec judges, all CISSP, FMDHS, CEH, certified security professionals, voted based on their independent review of submitted materials and were looking for best of breed, next generation InfoSec solutions.

"We scoured the globe looking for cybersecurity innovators that could make a huge difference and potentially help turn the tide against the exponential growth in cyber-crime. Forward Networks is absolutely worthy of this coveted award and consideration for deployment in your environment," said Yan Ross, Editor of Cyber Defense Magazine.

The full list of 2023 Cyber Defense Magazine Global InfoSec Award winners can be found here: http://www.cyberdefenseawards.com/

About Forward Networks
Forward Networks is revolutionizing the way large networks are managed. Forward's advanced software delivers a digital twin of the network, enabling network operators to ensure that the network is secure, reliable, and agile. The platform supports devices from all major networking vendors and cloud operators, including AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. Forward Networks was founded in 2013 by four Stanford Ph.D. graduates and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Investors include MSD Partners, Goldman Sachs, Andreessen Horowitz, Threshold Ventures, Section 32, Omega Venture Partners, and A. Capital. For more information, visit www.forwardnetworks.com.

About CDM InfoSec Awards
This is Cyber Defense Magazine's tenth year of honoring InfoSec innovators from around the Globe. Our submission requirements are for any startup, early stage, later stage, or public companies in the INFORMATION SECURITY (INFOSEC) space who believe they have a unique and compelling value proposition for their product or service. Learn more at www.cyberdefenseawards.com.

About Cyber Defense Magazine
Cyber Defense Magazine is the premier source of cyber security news and information for InfoSec professions in business and government. We are managed and published by and for ethical, honest, passionate information security professionals. Our mission is to share cutting-edge knowledge, real-world stories and awards on the best ideas, products, and services in the information technology industry. We deliver electronic magazines every month online for free, and special editions exclusively for the RSA Conferences. CDM is a proud member of the Cyber Defense Media Group. Learn more about us at https://www.cyberdefensemagazine.com and visit https://www.cyberdefensetv.com and https://www.cyberdefenseradio.com to see and hear some of the most informative interviews of many of these winning company executives. Join a webinar at https://www.cyberdefensewebinars.com and realize that infosec knowledge is power.

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